Football: FIFA World Cup, Group G, Round 3
Team: Serbia vs Switzerland
Stadium: Stadium 974
Time: 02.12.2022, 22:00
On Friday, Serbia plays Switzerland in their final Group G match at Stadium 974. The Eagles know they must win to advance. Assuming Cameroon loses to Brazil in their final game, Nati will go to the semifinals with a tiebreaker point of their own.Claim Your Welcome Bonus!
Line-ups for the Match
Serbia Starting 11 (3-4-3): Milinkovic, Pavlovic, Milenkovic, Lukic, Zivkovic, Kostic, Tadic, Milinkovic, Mitrovic.
Switzerland Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Akanji, Elvedi, Widmer, Rodriquez, Xhaka, Freuler, Sow, Vargas, Rieder, Embolo.
Last Five Matches: DLWWW
FIFA World Ranking: 25th
Although they still have a chance of advancing to the next round, Serbia will be frustrated that they are not in a stronger position going into the decisive match. The Eagles lost their opening encounter against Brazil despite giving a good fight and keeping it close for a while; nevertheless, a brace from Richarlison in the second half sealed Brazil's victory. Dragan Stojkovic's team lost, but they would have been in a far stronger position if they had won their last game against Cameroon, in which they appeared to be all but assured of victory. After a goal by the opposition's Jean-Charles Castelletto, goals by Serbia's Strahinja Pavlovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic gave them a 2-1 advantage going into halftime. Shortly after the restart, Aleksandar Mitrovic added a third goal, but two quick goals from the Indomitable Lions ensure that Serbia needs to win to advance; even if they do win, it will come down to goal differential if Cameroon beats Brazil.
Last Five Matches: LWLWW
FIFA World Ranking: 13th
With a 1-0 win over Cameroon in their opening Group G match, Switzerland has put themselves in an excellent position to advance to the knockout stages. Nati scored just once in their first two games, and after keeping Brazil at bay for the entirety of the game, they lost their most recent match by a 1-0. Early in the second half, Breel Embolo scored the game's lone goal, giving his country a crucial three points over his country of birth. Even though Casemiro's late goal cost Murat Yakin's team a critical point, they are still in a strong position right now; they need to avoid defeat unless Cameroon beats Brazil.
Serbia vs Switzerland Prediction
A reminder to Yakin's squad that they still have work to do is that Ecuador was in the same situation as Switzerland on Tuesday, needing only to avoid a defeat against Senegal to secure passage.
Prediction: There isn't much separating the two European teams, but if Switzerland plays as they did against Cameroon, they should advance to the quarterfinals. Serbia will give their opponents a run for their money offensively, but their defense held firm in the first game and for most of the Brazil match.
Serbia vs Switzerland: Betting Tips
- Over 2 Goals
- Both Teams to Score
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